The eigh-acre brownfield site is in use as a boat maintenance and storage yard

Marina earmarked for Northwich

Neil Tague

Outline plans for 83 homes and a marina south of Saxons Lane are expected to be approved next week.

The scheme, known as Weaver Shipyard, is proposed by H2O Urban – a London-based partnership between Bloc and the Canal & River Trust – and Weaver Marine (Property), a Stevenage-registered business that owns the site.

The scheme would be located on an eight-acre site 1.5km from Northwich town centre, classed as brownfield but still in active use by its owner WMPL as a boat maintenance and storage yard.

The developers plan to create a “leisure marina” that would incorporate updated premises for WMPL along with improvements such as a new river pathway connecting to the area’s existing network of paths.

The proposed homes include apartments, terraces, semi-detached and detached houses of between two and four bedrooms. Twenty-five homes would be classed as affordable.

Avison Young is the planning consultant, and Urban Green, Curtins, Ramboll Environ and Atelier Heritage also on the professional team.

The outline plans have been recommended for approval ahead of Cheshire West & Chester Council’s planning meeting next week.

The application has been called before committee by Cllr Kate Cernik due to concerns over access & highway safety, parking and congestion, and ecology issues, according to planning documents.

Among the statutory consultees, Northwich Town Council expressed its dissatisfaction over the proposed access to the development.

In summing up the proposals, the planning officers’ report said: “The development does not result in the loss of buildings that contribute to the rural character of the area, [nor] the unacceptable loss of employment land, would have no greater impact on the character of the countryside, would enhance the site and does not ‘urbanise’ the countryside.

“The proposal represents a scheme that is deliverable and will result in the successful enhancement of the site.”

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What is the proposed access? Dawin Street cannot take any more traffic and Alfred is clearly unsuitable. The junction onto Chester Road by the blue barrel is a major accident waiting to happen. Any new road would need to go through the park, which is of significant value to the community.

By Richard

Something needs to be done to it, it’s an eyesore and resembles more a scrap yard than a boat yard

By Mr Smith